The former secretary of the Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Tope Aluko, on Monday announced his defection from the party to the All Progressives Congress.
The ally of the former Governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, said the ruling party has been a blessing to the people of Iyin-Ekiti.
He noted that his defection alongside his supporters to the APC will strengthen the party ahead of the 2022 governorship and 2023 general elections.
Aluko who formally joined APC in Irepodun/Ifelodun Council Area of the state, said, “I can boldly say that the APC remains the only party to align with at this present time. All Tope Aluko followers are currently enlisting into APC and I am happy to be part of the moving train.”
“I can beat my chest and say I am in safe hands as APC is lucky to be in the hands of focused leaders like Governor Kayode Fayemi, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and others in the state.”
“If you are from Iyin Ekiti, you will know that Governor Kayode really favoured us in elective and appointive positions, so I am coming to add value to this party. I am not here to cause trouble. They have given me the guidelines and I am ready to abide by it in the interest of discipline in our party”.
Aluko, who described Fayose as “a mentor, brother and friend”, said, “In December last year, I told the former governor that I wanted to settle down in Iyin Ekiti and play my politics. I told him I would be joining APC and he approved of it. So, this defection won’t strain our relationship in any way.”
Aluko was received by the APC Chairman in the state, Paul Omotoso and other party chieftains of the party.
Omotoso, who urged members to be steadfast in their support to APC by avoiding unwarranted discrimination that could create cleavages in the party, said, “No new joiners in APC. We are all equal and you start benefitting the very day you join us, so nobody would discriminate against you.”
“For the sake of clarification, Tope Aluko had for long been in APC, this ceremony is just a formality. I know our people in the opposition are rattled by this defection because his decamping into APC will affect them adversely.”